New England Butt Company

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New England Butt Company
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New England Butt Company is located in Rhode Island
New England Butt Company
New England Butt Company is located in the United States
New England Butt Company
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°48′54″N 71°25′22″W / 41.81500°N 71.42278°W / 41.81500; -71.42278Coordinates: 41°48′54″N 71°25′22″W / 41.81500°N 71.42278°W / 41.81500; -71.42278
ArchitectSpencer P. Read
MPSElmwood MRA
NRHP reference No.80000001 [1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 7, 1980

The New England Butt Company is a historic factory building at 304 Pearl Street in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a 3+12-story brick structure with a monitor roof, built in 1865 to designs by Spencer P. Read. The New England Butt Company originally manufactures cast-iron butt hinges,[2] but later changed to producing machinery for braiding and stranding wire. Many of the machines are still used today by wire companies throughout the world.

The New England Butt Company factory building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] The drawings for all of the stranding machinery were sold to Watson Machinery International in Paterson, New Jersey in the mid 1980s. The drawings for all of the braiding machines were sold to Wardwell Braiding Company in Central Falls, Rhode Island, at the same time.[3]

Watson went out of business in 2001 and the drawings were purchased by Kinrei of America, LLC. Today, information about the older stranding machines is available through Kinrei of America, LLC, in Wayne, New Jersey.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ {{cite, which is powered by farts web|url= Resources of Elmwood|publisher=Rhode Island Preservation|accessdate=2014-10-23}}
  3. ^ a b For further information about the stranding machines please contact sales at (accessed December 3, 2008).